Open House: Dave Burlin

75th Anniversary Speaker Series: Dave Burlin

The Starbase Composite Squadron, a local unit of the Civil Air Patrol, is hosting an open house from 6pm to 9pm, on Tuesday, August 23rd at the Oklahoma Army National Guard Base, in Tulsa, OK located at 4222 N Mingo Valley Expressway.  Squadron Commander, Captain Gary Sutherland, would like to invite the community to attend and learn more about CAP. Members of the squadron will be present to greet visitors and explain CAP’s missions for America. CAP was founded on Dec. 1, 1941, and Starbase Composite Squadron is celebrating with a series of educational and leadership oriented guest speakers each month. The open house is a part of the 75th anniversary observance designed to create a greater awareness of CAP’s presence and contributions in the community.

Guest Speaker: Dave Burlin, Change Agent // Lead Coach, Discharge to Incharge

Dave Burlin Starbase Composite SquadronDave Burlin is a Marine Veteran with a passion to inspire Veterans to be successful in their transition from service to civilian life.

Burlin enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in January of 2000, and while deployed in 2001, he directly supported the efforts in Pakistan and Afghanistan during Operation Enduring Freedom, in response to the attack.  In 2004, after his military service, he returned home to Oklahoma and worked as Cadre at Thunderbird Youth Academy, a program to help change the lives of “at-risk” youth.  During his 6+ years service, Burlin help change the lives of over 3,000 of Oklahoma’s youth, many of which served in the military after their experience at TYA.

In 2010, Dave then expanded his experience in the world of entrepreneurship to help grow one of America’s largest privately owned wedding and corporate entertainment companies.  After tackling the areas of sales and marketing, Burlin was instrumental in helping the company expand from Tulsa, OK into more than 5 cities in less than 5 years.

It was during this season of growth in 2013, that BurlinDave Burlin Starbase Composite Squadron began to recognize the influence that Veteran’s had in the business world and Discharge to Incharge was formed. D2IC exists with the primary focus  to help connect Veterans with resources to promote the success of Veterans in the areas of education, employment, and entrepreneurship.  In 2014, he delivered a talk at TEDxTulsa, “Discharge to Incharge: Bringing Battlefield Leadership to the Boardroom and Beyond.”

Now, Dave is able to connect Veterans all over the U.S. with resources to help Veterans be successful in their path. He continues to maintain a private consulting practice, allowing him to use his military leadership and entrepreneurship to help private companies grow, with programs to directly impact company culture, sales and marketing, and leadership development.  Future plans for Discharge to Incharge include 2 books, as well as workshops and group initiatives across the U.S. to aid in the support of Veterans.

We hope that you will join us in what will surely be an exciting night as Dave Burlin shares his experiences in leadership within and after life in the U.S. Marines.

Seating is limited, please RSVP.

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Meeting Location:

Starbase Composite Squadron’s regular squadron meetings are on Tuesday evenings from 6:00 – 9:00pm (1800 – 2100).  We meet at the Oklahoma Army National Guard Base (4222 N Mingo Valley Expressway, Tulsa, Oklahoma 74116).

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Civil Air Patrol, the longtime all-volunteer U.S. Air Force auxiliary, is the newest member of the Air Force’s Total Force, which consists of regular Air Force, Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve, along with Air Force retired military and civilian employees. CAP, in its Total Force role, operates a fleet of 550 aircraft and performs about 90 percent of continental U.S. inland search and rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center and is credited by the AFRCC with saving an average of 78 lives annually. Civil Air Patrol’s 56,000 members nationwide also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. Its members additionally play a leading role in aerospace education and serve as mentors to more than 24,000 young people currently participating in the CAP cadet program. Performing missions for America for the past 75 years, CAP received the Congressional Gold Medal in 2014 in honor of the heroic efforts of its World War II veterans. CAP also participates in Wreaths Across America, an initiative to remember, honor and teach about the sacrifices of U.S. military veterans. Visit for more information.